December 9, 2007 |
THIS year's Favorite Books issue has a retrospective feel. Inside, you'll find pieces on the pioneering comics artist Winsor McCay and children's author Beverly Cleary, as well as a reflection on rereading and a look at the lingering influence of the chapbook. At the heart of all this are the lists of our favorite books of the year: 25 works of fiction and poetry and 25 of nonfiction, culled from our reviews in 2007.
December 13, 1998
As David L. Ulin notes in "Honk if You Love Pico-Union" (Nov. 15), L.A. audiences don't turn out in droves to support home-grown or nontraditional arts. The few existing mid-sized theaters don't seem to be thriving, and the demise of Alfaro's alma mater, the Inner City Cultural Center, which emerged from the ashes of the Watts riots, has left a large void. However, as long as Alfaro and other gap-straddling, fun-poking, hmm-inducing performers and writers can work at art-irritating-life, there may be hope for this city yet. Kezia M. Jauron Sherman Oaks To those who know him, Alfaro is a gifted talent, one who perseveres and relates Latino complexities to an oft-times skeptical public.
November 14, 2010
ESSENTIAL "The Innocents Abroad" "Roughing It" "Life on the Mississippi" "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" "The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson" These are the jewels in Twain's crown, the center of his reputation and his vision of American life. Spanning much of his career, they highlight his skills as a journalist and travel writer ("The Innocents Abroad" and "Roughing It"), his eye as an autobiographer and social observer ("Life on the Mississippi") and his groundbreaking work in the novel ("Huckleberry Finn" and "Pudd'nhead Wilson")
February 3, 2008
John Balzar reviews "Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times" by Willie Brown. Will Beall reviews "L.A. Outlaws," a novel by T. Jefferson Parker. Tim Rutten reviews "The Executor: A Comedy of Letters" by Michael Kruger. The following reviews are scheduled: Laurel Maury reviews "Y: The Last Man #60: Final Issue" by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan Jr. David L. Ulin reviews "The Good Rat: A True Story" by Jimmy Breslin. Kai Maristed reviews "The Devil's Footprints," a novel by John Burnside.
May 4, 2008
David L. Ulin wrote that Joe Torre "isn't a legend but a person . . ." ("A Legend on the Line," April 6). Let's see. The Yankees had not won a World Series in 18 years and yet won in Torre's first year at the Yankees helm. He followed with 11 playoff appearances, nine division titles, five American League pennants and three World Series titles. And Ulin writes, "Torre must guide the Dodgers to their first pennant in 20 years to secure his place in baseball history." Still, Ulin adds that Torre's record with the Yankees "is matched only by those of Casey Stengel and Joe McCarthy, two of the most iconic figures ever to manage a baseball team."